Works on Toilet Paper – risography, community and delinquency, with Bruise Studio
Date: Sunday 16 July
Location: Courtyard Room, The Printworks, Dublin Castle
Price: Free and no need to book. First come first served until spaces are filled.
Did you ever pocket a box of graphite so you can continue that series of sketches? bruise studio founder Rada Nastai met artist Sophie Vallance Cantor when neither of them had money to produce art. They worked in a Berlin cafe and Sophie would steal napkins and rolls of toilet paper so she could continue drawing and sketching while she found her grounds in the city. Years later, the limited edition artist book Works on Toilet Paper was born out of a need to celebrate and give value to the work of an artist in it’s progress – or rather as a sketch – and not only as a final product. It questions how we capitalise on an artist’s worth as well as thematises the insecurities and precarities of a woman at the beginning of her career: from rejection letters to kidney stones and UTIs.
The making of the book is also a journey based in scarcity, community and the spirit of DIY, while it is a snide remark to the classic collection of drawings or sketches on paper that is being capitalised on as the artist dies and the art market can exploit their secure worth. Join us in a conversation about how risography and community come together to facilitate independent thought and publishing.
About bruise studio
bruise is a small studio dedicated to the art of the book, from its conception to it resting on a shelf; from pamphlets, zines, art-books and non-books. bruise believe the book to be a centrepiece in the history of radical art making, as it archives communities, streams of thought, and generations of challengers of the mainstream. bruise like to collaborate with artists and use the book as an opportunity to challenge the infamous white space by playfully allowing the work to transform it. The white space becomes an art object by being stretched, folded, stabbed, sculptured to accommodate the artist’s work.
Tsundoku Art Book Fair
13-16 July 2023